I delivered my first naturally in a birth center 14 years ago, and second by c-section one year ago (prolapsed cord). I am planning on a VBAC this time and wondering if anyone is as well, or if anyone has had a VBAC before?
I have had 2 VBACs and I want to go for VBAC # 3 with this baby, if this pregnancy sticks around. :) Good luck on your VBAC journey! I found my VBACs very worthwhile. The births were a lot easier on my body than the c-section birth and I was up and moving faster, which was important as I had other kids to care for.
Thanks Holly! I know I'll encounter some resistance from some family members when I tell them we're planning a VBAC, so it will be nice to have all of my ducks in a row on the benefits so I can defend our choice and move on. Speedy recovery will be key for us too since I have a one year old and a teenager to run all over town
VBAC hopeful here! The births should be almost exactly two years apart, which I think is a good distance.
My daughter was posterior, and they gave me pitocin and an epi as an attempt to turn her. Her heartrate crashed before they had a chance to kick in. I was rushed into the OR and knocked out. The second question I asked in recovery (after, "Is the baby ok?") was "Can I VBAC next time?" Unless there's some kind of serious medical problem, I can't willingly sign up for repeat surgery without a compelling reason. Trying to explain that a prior c-section for fetal distress doesn't mean a lifetime of surgical births to my friends and family has been interesting - and that was before we knew I was pregnant again. I've been collecting stats to throw at family members that think I should "just schedule it." I'm tentatively switching midwives. The new group has an 88% success rate, so I'm cautiously optimistic. I'm also hiring a doula this time and I've got to check with my insurance to see if chiro is covered. Sipping my RRL tea as I type this.
This birth might not go as planned, but if I go down, I'm going down swinging.